Murder police hail ‘significant breakthrough’ in hunt for killer of Wisbech student Alisa Dmitrijeva, whose body was found on the Royal Estate at Sandringham
13:55 15 March 2012
Police are comparing pollen samples from the spot where the 17-year-old Latvian’s remains were found with spores which have been recovered from a car being examined by forensic experts.
Today police said a bottle green P-registration Lexus GS300 which Alisa was believed to have been travelling in when she was last seen back in August had been recovered from a scrapyard in Wisbech.
Early results from the forensic palynologist - a scientist who specialises in identifying pollen and spores - has indicated that there is a very rare composition of spores from fungi at the site where Alisa’s body was found.
Det Chief Insp Jes Fry, who is leading the 30-strong team working on the enquiry, said: “Work is currently being carried out on soil and debris samples found in the car to identify the pollen and spores in them. “These will then be compared with the results from the samples taken at Anmer. This may take several weeks to analyse and if a link is identified, it could be a significant step forward in the enquiry. ”
Alisa’s body was found by a dog walker in a strip of woodland at Anmer, near Sandringham, on New Year’s Day. She was last seen in Friar’s Street, King’s Lynn, in the early hours of August 31.
Detectives believe she had attended a beach party at Snettisham on the night of August 30. Officers have searched the beach for clues, including Alisa’s mobile phone, which has not yet been recovered.
Anyone with any information relating to the incident should contact the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team at Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.